Kongsberg has delivered the 20,000th Remote-controlled Weapon Station (RWS) from the PROTECTOR family after 21 years in production. These systems can be equipped with weapons ranging from 5.56 mm rifles to 30 mm cannons, anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, mission-oriented sensor packages and flexible control solutions. The weapon stations have been sold to 23 nations, including Norway, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Switzerland. 17,000 stations have been sold to the U.S alone and are installed as Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) on all types of vehicles.
RWS systems have replaced many open ring guns and “bird’s nests” (protected open weapon control stations) over the last two decades. RWS systems offer high firepower on a stabilised platform which takes place under protection. In addition to armament, the RWS also provides an additional stabilised day/night observation instrument. Combat vehicles such as Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Main Battle Tanks receive an additional weapon for fighting infantry and lightly armoured vehicles as well as against aircraft, especially helicopters. Large classes of 4×4 and 6×6 multipurpose vehicles, in addition to logistics trucks, have also received a significant increase in self-protection with thanks to RWS systems.